Study Shows 74% of US Hiring Managers Require Vax Status on Resumes

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Most hiring managers say they want to see the Covid-19 Vax Status on resumes.

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35% of hiring managers automatically reject resumes without a Covid-19 Vax Status

Hiring managers want to know that you have been vaccinated against the novel coronavirus, even when their companies do not require vaccination as a condition of employment. That’s the central takeaway from a major new survey of 1,379 hiring managers published by career-development experts ResumeOK.

Nearly three quarters of all hiring managers prefer to see a candidate’s vaccination status listed on their resume. This preference may have real consequences: the study found that 35% of hiring managers summarily reject resumes that do not list vaccination status, and that 86% are likelier to contact a candidate whose resume indicates that they are vaccinated.

Similarly, 86% of companies with more than 100 employees reported a preference for vaccinated employees, while 55% of smaller companies claimed that vaccination status does not matter. This may reflect a recent shift in priorities. While the federal vaccination mandate for larger companies faces legal challenges, hiring managers have tended to be conservative. Of the hiring managers who prioritize vaccination status, only 32% reported doing so before the federal mandate was announced; 68% reported that the prospect of a federal mandate influenced their decision.

“This is a difficult time for everyone, including hiring managers,” notes ResumeOK CEO Felix T. Web. “Our study shows that 73% of hiring managers find it more difficult to identify good candidates since the pandemic struck.

“Yet only 23% of all job seekers list their vaccination status. Compare that to roughly 60% of the entire US population, and it’s easy to see how job seekers can set themselves apart by taking one easy step. That’s the sort of insight ResumeOK has been delivering to its clients for more than ten years.”

Full results of the survey are available on ResumeOK’s website. Learn more about the survey and its methodology by visiting the site.


Since 2011, ResumeOK has helped more than 10 million people build resumes that help them achieve their career goals. The company offers a completely free online resume builder and personal consultation with successful career experts.

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